1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:1–12
What will you remember about the Beatitudes in the days to come?
As we close out the “Blessed” series this Sunday, when the animated bumper is played for the final time, and the messages are all archived, what will stick with you from the digital or written notes you took? These are questions I’ve been asking myself all week.
All throughout the scriptures the Lord calls us to remember. He charges us to recall the acts He’s performed and the words He’s spoken. When we became disciples of Jesus we committed to not only remember but also obey all of His teachings (Matt 28). So the the question broadens beyond what we remember to “how will we think, process, and live differently now that we’ve studied Jesus’ definition of Blessed?”
My prayer is that this series has lifted our eyes to Jesus. My hope is that we will measure our “blessedness” not by our temporal circumstances and worldly comforts but by our eternal condition as we live for the kingdom of God. The goal of this series is to draw our attention to how all of our blessings are found in Jesus. This week we will see how Jesus himself is the fulfillment of every Beatitude. It’s His work that has overcome our poor spirit and sinfulness (v.3). Jesus is our comfort (v.4), our strength (v.5), our righteousness (v.6), our mercy (v.7) our purity (v.8), our peace (v.9) and our reward (v.10). Through faith you and I have access to the blessing of salvation which was provided through the sacrifice of Jesus.
So as we close out the series it seems fitting that we partake of communion to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made to secure our eternal salvation and blessedness in Him. As we take of the bread and the cup may they sear the blessedness of His teaching and work in our hearts.
*If you are joining us online, please be sure to prepare your communion elements at home before the service. For those on campus, individually packaged elements will be provided.
Be sure to listen to the worship set as your prepare for worship this Sunday.
Love you, Church
SUNDAY AM PLAN
9:00 AM – Worship Service Online & On Campus (Lancaster Campus)
9:15 AM – Worship Service On Campus (Myerstown Campus)
11:00 AM – Worship Service Online & On Campus (Lancaster Campus)
SUNDAY PM PLAN – Combined Campuses Mission Night of Worship (Lancaster Campus)
6:00 PM – Combined Campuses Mission Night of Worship with Baptisms & Elder Installation
– Outside, Socially Distanced, with Drive-In Radio option
– Don’t forget your lawn chairs
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